Something I love about teaching is the fact that I often get to witness "firsts" in my students.
She had spent the week learning the first violin part, a predictable tune which sounds quite bright and sunshiny, when played alone. This would be the first time she'd hear the harmony -- and this is often a first glimpse into a whole different concept of harmony for a student. Why? Because when you add the second violin part, it begins with "happy" harmonies but then steadily morphs and disintegrates into something rather dark and spooky by the end. From tonal to less-so.
Here's a little video I made to demonstrate:
My student was slightly aghast, "It seems like he ruined it by putting those weird notes in there at the end!" she said. I confessed that I actually like it very much that way -- it kind of twisted and weird and unpredictable, just like life can be. It's just one of many feelings that music can portray.
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